“ Brand: Jus-Rol / Type: Pastry „
Filo pastry has got to be one of the hardest things to create in cooking. It takes ages, is really fiddly and frankly is just not worth the effort when Jus Roll have created a ready made roll for you to use. It costs a few pounds and comes in a purple box.
To use just take the roll out of the box, unfold really gently uncurling the roll as you go. The pastry comes attached to baking paper so you need to remove this very carefully. If you do it right you should end up with the paper underneath and the pastry resting on top.
Put the pastry either whole onto a tray, line a tin with it, or cut up to use as indiviual parcels.
You can literally make anything with this pastry. I usually buy a few rolls at a time and keep it in the freezer until the day I want to use it. It takes a few hours to defrost and you should keep it in the fridge as its fresh.
It can be used for savoury or sweet dishes, when cooked the pastry doesnt really rise but goes a bit puffy and very crispy and crunchy. The pastry when not cooked is very thin and you have to be careful not to tear it unless you mean to.
The companys website has some lovely recipies that you can use free of charge if you are stuck for ideas. I find it tastes nice with fruit, sugar and cinnamon if sweet. For savoury any kind of cheese and meat with spinach and small cut vegetables.
I have never even tried to make Filo pastry as it's just too much hassle. When there are products like this out there, that even recipe books tell you to use I'm all for it.
I'm sure there is great satisfaction in making your own pastry especially filo as it's mega tricky, and that is fine if you have the time, but if you don't, there is no shame in using this product.
The variations of dishes you can create with Filo is amazing, so I'm not going to go into recipes or anything like that, but I find it incredibly easy for impressing people by just making a filling and creating parcels with it.
You can buy this pastry frozen or just chilled, the frozen is cheaper (costs about £1.20) but you have to let it defrost thoroughly before you can use it. So it depends on how soon you want it as to how much you pay. The frozen is just as good as the chilled.
The only downfall about this pastry is that sometimes the different layers get a bit stuck together when you are trying to separate them. They are also incredibly delicate, but this is the case with all filo, not just the ready made.
This is a great product, and you can do so many things with it. I would definitely recommend it.
After I used Jus-Rol's frozen puff pastry and loved it, I decided to try their frozen filo pastry too. I was reading one recipe book recently which said not to even bother making your own filo, because it's not worth the hassle and the frozen stuff is very good. This was reason enough for me to buy some!
I bought this from ASDA's website and it appeared that it is the only frozen filo pastry they sell. Having also checked Tesco it seems again this is the only option, but as mentioned I'd had success with this brand in the past, so I was more than happy to purchase it.
The pastry comes in a purple cardboard box, and when you open this up there are lots of hints and tips for working with filo pastry as well as pictures showing you how to cut it for different uses. I found this really helpful, especially as I unexpectedly had some left over, and the inside of the box gave me the idea to use my remaining pastry to make filo tarts.
The pastry comes rolled up in a plastic packet and should be left in the wrapping and defrosted for 1 hour 40 minutes, or overnight in the fridge.
You get six sheets in a box, which doesn't sound like many, but they are a fairly large size, and from this, I managed to make 8 samosas and 4 cheese and onion tarts.
Filo pastry can dry out very quickly, so it's best that you cover the remaining sheets with cling film whilst you're working as this stops them drying.
The samosa recipe I had was supposed to make 12, but I ran out of mixture after 8, meaning I had some sheets of the filo left. As mentioned, I eventually made cheese and onion tarts, but it was quite late in the day and I couldn't really be bothered at the time, so I wrapped the remaining two sheets of filo in cling film and put them in the fridge. The next morning I unwrapped them and they were absolutely fine and hadn't dried out at all apart from one edge which wasn't properly covered with cling film, but I just cut that off.
Now as for taste, I found that the pastry was really nice and tasted just how you would expect. With the tarts though, I left them in too long (I actually forgot about them - doh!) so the edges had gone very crispy and dark brown, so they had a bit of an odd crunchiness and would stick in your teeth which wasn't great, so I'd recommend keeping an eye on your dish whilst cooking!
Six sheets of this cost £1.29 from ASDA
This pastry was quick to use, easy to work with and gave great results. I would certainly use it again, and would recommend it!